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Qualification - Pre-Medical Diploma

Course Codepremed
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)800 hours
QualificationDiploma

Interested in working in medicine? This diploma course helps prepare you for further medical studies.  

This is an excellent opportunity for any individual in any part of the world to follow a career in health. Note: that this course does not and should not be seen as providing full medical training.

This unique course can be studied from home. This diploma meets the high standards required for many health or medical schools. Alone it does not make you a doctor -of course -but it does provide an excellent scientific foundation to work or study further in the health industry.

WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL SCHOOL?

Upon successful completion of the Diploma your studies need to be registered and endorsed by our affiliate, Warnborough College. A fee of £100 is paid to cover this registration.

A number of Caribbean based medical schools will accept appropriately qualified graduates from courses such as this into full medical training courses. Our affiliate Warnborough College, maintains relationships with several such schools and can assist graduates who wish to follow that route after graduation.

Graduates of these Caribbean Schools who wish to practise in the United Kingdom would normally be required to sit for the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) examination, after which they are allowed to practise with limited registration for 5 years (with full approval by the UK General Medical Council (GMC)). Students who wish to practise in the United States of America will need to undertake similar licensing requirements by sitting for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (MLE).

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

Complete 8 required modules to acquire a solid background for medical studies, preceded by a short introductory course in technical writing.

ELIGIBILITY

Candidates are considered on a case-by-case basis. The basic entry requirement is a High School Diploma or equivalent, with good passes in science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Mathematics).

University graduates, transfer students and mature students with or without any science background are also eligible to apply for a place. In these cases, additional science-based courses may be required (in which case, additional fees may also apply).

Students whose first language is not English must show proof of English proficiency (IELTS 6.5+, TOEFL 650+, or equivalent). Students may begin the program without these scores BUT they will not be allowed to graduate with the Diploma in Pre-Medical Studies until the required score has been obtained.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Pre-Medical Diploma.
 Anatomy and Physiology (Human Biology 1A) BSC101
 Anatomy II (Human) BSC112
 Biochemistry I (Animal) BSC103
 Cell Biology BSC110
 Medical Terminology BSC109
 Physiology II BSC111
 Biochemistry II (Plant and Animal) BSC203
 Biochemistry III (Plant Processes) BSC302
 

Note that each module in the Qualification - Pre-Medical Diploma is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


More Information on the Modules: Lesson Structures

Modules (5 Credits each):

Introduction to Technical Writing (non-credit)

Students taking this module will have a basic understanding of technical writing including referencing procedures. Only a few hours study time, and very useful. No fee applies for this module.

BSC101 Human Biology (Anatomy & Physiology)

6 lessons. This module provides basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.

  1. Cells and Tissues
  2. The Skeleton
  3. The Muscular System
  4. The Nervous System
  5. Digestion & Excretion
  6. Physiological Systems
BSC109 Medical Terminology

10 lessons. This module develops skills to communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology.

  1. Scope and Nature of Medical Terminology
  2. Anatomical Structure
  3. Medical Equipment and Processes
  4. Pharmacological Terminology
  5. Musculoskeletal System
  6. Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  7. Respiratory and Reproductive Systems
  8. Digestive and Excretory Systems
  9. Integumentary System (Skin)
  10. Nervous and Sensory Systems
BSC103 Biochemistry I (Animals)

10 lessons. This module concentrates on the chemistry of animals.

  1. Introduction To Biochemistry
  2. Lipids and Proteins
  3. Enzymes and Hormones
  4. Nucleic Acids
  5. Thermo-regulation
  6. Carbohydrate Metabolism
  7. Absorption
  8. Acidity and Alkalinity
  9. Chemical Analysis
  10. Biochemical Applications
BSC110 Cell Biology

10 lessons. An understanding of cell biology is important in many areas of study, for the cell is the building block of all living forms.

  1. Introduction to Cells and Their Structure
  2. Cell Chemistry
  3. DNA, Chromosomes and Genes
  4. Cell Division: Meiosis and Mitosis
  5. Cell Membranes
  6. Protein Structure and Function
  7. Protein Synthesis
  8. Food, Energy, Catalysis and Biosynthesis
  9. Intracellular Compartments, Transport and Cell Communication
  10. The Cell Cycle and Tissue Formation
BSC203 Biochemistry II (Molecules)

9 lessons. The module focuses on developing a greater familiarisation with biochemical molecules.

  1. Introduction to Biochemical Molecules
  2. Amino Acids
  3. Structure of Proteins
  4. Protein Dynamics
  5. Sugars and Polysaccharides
  6. Lipids (Fats) and Membranes
  7. Enzymes, Vitamins and Hormones
  8. DNA and RNA
  9. Laboratory Techniques
BSC111 Physiology 

9 lessons. In this module, we examine functions of the cells, tissues, systems of the human body.

  1. Cellular Physiology
  2. Histophysiology
  3. Systems Physiology
  4. Neurophysiology
  5. Endocrinology
  6. Cardiovascular Physiology
  7. Immunology
  8. Respiratory Physiology
  9. Renal Physiology
BSC112 Anatomy

7 lessons. This module provides an opportunity to develop and build on your understanding of the principles of Anatomy.

  1. Cytology
  2. Surface Anatomy
  3. Systemic Anatomy I
  4. Systemic Anatomy II
  5. Regional Anatomy I
  6. Regional Anatomy II
  7. Radiographic and Diagnostic Anatomy
BSC302 Biochemistry III (Processes)

10 lessons. The module is concerned with common biochemical processes with an emphasis upon animal and human biochemical processes.

  1. Introduction
  2. Glycolysis and Glycogen Metabolism
  3. Movement through Membranes
  4. Electron Transport and Oxidative Phosphorylation
  5. Sugar and Polysaccharide Metabolism
  6. Lipid Metabolism
  7. Amino Acid Metabolism
  8. Nucleotide Metabolism
  9. Enzyme Activity
  10. Other Processes

After successfully accumulating 40 credits, and meeting all other requirements, all students will receive a Diploma in Pre-Medical Studies.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Complete the enrolment form. In addition, you must email, or otherwise submit hard copy documentation to verify that you meet entry requirements.

Your application will only be considered complete once the fully completed enrolment form, appropriate academic transcripts plus appropriate fees have been received. At this point the enrolment processing will proceed in accordance with our standard policy.

WHEN CAN I BEGIN?

You may register online and begin at any time. However, all official documents must be sent direct to ACS. A student will not be officially registered (Matriculated) for the program until the Enrolment Fee has been paid in full.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Find out more about studying the Pre-Medical Diploma today - discuss your goals and options with our specialist Health tutors. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are here to help you. Get in touch with our specialist Health tutors today.



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